Orange Tree Committee
The Town of Orange Tree Committee consists of five (5) members who serve as advisors to the Tree Warden. Appointed by the First Selectman with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, members serve a term of three (3) years. The Committee currently meets on the second Monday of the month, with the exception of July and December, at 10:00 AM, in the lower level of the Town Hall. The meetings last for one (1) hour.
The Town Tree Warden is appointed by the First Selectman in accordance with the Orange Town Charter. He is a licensed arborist and shall have all the powers and duties ascribed to tree wardens in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes. The Town Tree Warden has full power and authority over all trees and shrubs within public areas and, to the extent provided by law, over those on private property.
The Town of Orange Tree Committee is dedicated to creating a community understanding of, and an appreciation for, trees and how they improve our quality of life.
The Tree Committee is tasked as follows:
- Assisting the Town Tree Warden
- Conducting tree inventories on public lands
- Selecting and identifying any tree which may qualify as a landmark and/or notable tree in Orange
- Working to educate the residents of Orange regarding the care of trees and the many benefits that trees bring to our community
- Coordinating and cooperating with the Town Plan and Zoning Commission and other interested boards and commissions to maximize the work of the Tree Committee.
July 2011: Town of Orange Tree Committee Projects
- Completed Phase I of The Arboretum at Racebrook Tract
- Conduct an annual Notable Tree Contest to determine the location, health, and size of the largest tree of a designated species. The results are sent to Glenn Dryer of State Notable Trees to be recorded.
- Facilitate a Tribute Tree Program for the planting of Memorial/Appreciation trees on public land.
- Prepare an annual Arbor Day Ceremony in April.
- Members attend the Annual Urban Forest Council Conference each fall.
- Members are encouraged to attend a Meskwaka Tree Program, held in June, at Connecticut College. This program educates Tree Committee participants in all aspects of tree culture and care in the urban setting.
- Published a Guidelines for Tree Care brochure which is available to Orange residents. The brochures are distributed by realtors to new home owners and to residents by way of the Town Plan and Zoning office and the office of the Town Clerk.
- More than 40 volunteers inventoried trees along 100 miles of Orange roads, identifying 4500 trees situated on the public right-of-way. The results are kept on a computer in the Public Works office.